Sequoyah High School sees first female college wrestler
Cherokee Nation citizen and Sequoyah High School senior Kailey Lasley, in maroon, competes in the Maverick Conference wrestling tournament earlier this year at SHS. STEPHANIE TACKETT HAIR/PRICELESS POSES PHOTGRAPHY
Cherokee Nation citizen and Sequoyah High School senior Kailey Lasley, in maroon, competes in the Maverick Conference wrestling tournament earlier this year at SHS. Lasley is the first female from SHS to attend college on a wrestling scholarship. STEPHANIE TACKETT HAIR/PRICELESS POSES PHOTOGRAPHY
TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation citizen and senior Kailey Lasley has made Sequoyah High School history by being the first female wrestler to receive a wrestling scholarship.
Lasley made the decision to wrestle this year, her senior year, for the first time. She has powerlifted since she was a sophomore and initially believed she would attend college for that.
“I played softball all my life and then I got to high school, my freshman year of softball. I didn’t really like it so I just kind of stopped doing it. Then my sophomore year I got in powerlifting and I stayed in powerlifting. Then my senior year, I chose to do wrestling and that’s where I’m at right now,” Lasley said.
She decided to wrestle because it would help with powerlifting by increasing her strength. “I mostly did it because I wanted to stay in shape and get stronger for powerlifting. It made me stronger because I’m lifting people who are my body weight. I’m having to move people around who are heavy, so it’s makes me stronger.”
Throughout the wrestling season, Lasley made a name for herself by placing in some of the bigger tournaments in which SHS competed.
“We competed about every week and went to a Pawhuska Carmen Classic tournament, and I got first place in that,” she said. “This year, we hosted the Maverick Conference Tournament, which is one of the hardest tournaments in the state, and I won my weight class for that.”
She said before receiving her scholarship to Ottawa University in Kansas, a student wrestler reached out to her to see if she was interested in attending the university.
“I talked with the coaches,” Lasley said. “They offered me the highest scholarship to come there. I want to be a coach so I want to come back and coach girls’ wrestling and girls’ powerlifting, or maybe even be the head coach of powerlifting. Then I want to teach a history class.”
She said she’s happy more girls are getting into wrestling at their high schools.
“I think it’s good that girls are getting out in a more male-dominated sport,” Lasley said. “I hate to say it, girls are scared, but I know they want to do it, and I’m glad I took the first step going to wrestle because I have made friends who are girls in wrestling.”
Lasley and SHS juniors Jacy Elizondo and Jenny Girty are the school’s first female wrestlers.